Saturday, September 28, 2013

Happy Sunday!

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Linking up with The Sunday Community and Scripture And A Snapshot

Monday, September 23, 2013

Meatless Monday #28

Chickpea Burgers

After watching several YT videos, I decided to try making my own chickpea burgers.  Well, my first batch was a flop.  I did not add oatmeal or ground flax, and they stuck terribly to the frying pan. (I didn't think that those two ingredients would make a difference.  Boy, was I ever so wrong?  They looked so pitiful that I didn't bother to take a picture of them.) Anyway, my second batch was almost PERFECT! 

To make these, I chopped a half cup of celery and 1 clove of garlic.  Then, I rinsed and drained a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans).  I blended the celery, garlic and chickpeas with a tablespoonful of Bragg's Amino and 1 teaspoonful of  olive oil.  (If you decide to give this recipe a try, season to taste.  The Bragg's along with the celery and garlic were enough seasoning for me.)

I poured this mixture into a bowl and mixed in about a tablespoonful of ground flaxseed and a half cup of oatmeal.  Then, I preheated some olive oil in a frying pan.

While the olive oil was heating, I formed the mixture into patties.  Then, I placed them into the frying pan and allowed them to cook until brown on one side before flipping them over to brown on the other side.

I enjoyed my burger between two slices of whole wheat bread with several slices of tomato, ketchup and mustard.  Delicious!

Some of the health benefits of consuming chickpeas are as follows:
digestive tract support
unique supply of antioxidants
decreased cardiovascular risks
better regulation of blood sugar
increased chances for satiety and reduced caloric intake
To see a detailed explanation of the above health benefits, go to The World's Healthiest Foods.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Happy Sunday!

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Psalm 91:11
Black Angel Art - He Lifted Me - Henry Lee Battle 
Black Art Depot

Linking up with Deidre and the Sunday Community and Scripture and a Snapshot

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Meatless Monday #27

This easy, delicious, nutritious snack was quite simple to make.

1 can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1-2 tablespoons of tahini
the juice of 1-2 limes, depending on the desired taste
a clove (or more) of garlic, depending on taste

These were the seasonings that I used.
a pinch of cayenne
dill weed
garlic sea salt
parsley flakes

I used a blender to mix the ingredients for a very smooth consistency.  A food processor could also be used.


I chose to pair my hummus dip with carrots, crackers and a salad.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Happy Sunday!

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

Linking up with Deidre and the Sunday Community and Scripture and a Snapshot

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Doing You WELL Wednesday

Guess who's been nominated for a Liebster?

I was nominated by Alison at Embrace the Struggle. Getting this news was surely a pleasant surprise for me.  Thanks, Alison!

The Liebster Award is given to fellow bloggers with less than 200 followers who are forthcoming in the blogosphere.

So, this is how it works.


1. You must link back to the person that nominated you.
2. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator.
3. You must pick 11 bloggers, each with under 200 subscribers, to be nominated for the award.
4. You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.
I was asked by Alison to answer the following questions.

  1. What’s your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure is to enjoy a cup of Starbuck's coffee with a hot, glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut.
  2. You’re forced to choose between buying shoes and buying makeup. Which one wins? Buying makeup definitely wins. I enjoy going into stores like Sephora and Ulta just to try out the testers that are on display!
  3. Which skill, or set of skill, do you still want to master? I've always wanted to learn to sew. In my lifetime, I've probably spent a small fortune at the alteration shop.
  4. Which movie recently made you weep? It was Fireproof. Although not a very recent movie (2008), I did weep. I wept because of the restoration that occurred at the end of the movie. The restoration was evidence of God's miracle working power when our lives are as broken as the marriage in the movie.
  5. What tidbit about you would surprise most of your blog readers? In 2009, I survived a car wreck when the vehicle that I was riding in flipped over several times, landed up , facing the opposite direction. I walked out of the vehicle with a broken leg and had to have knee surgery. I am a living testimony of God's goodness!
  6. If I took away books and music from you, which would cause you to have withdrawal symptoms? This is a tough one! I like books and music. I guess I would have more withdrawals without books.
  7. What is a deal-breaker for you in friendships? DISHONESTY, friends who are not loyal, friends that take and never give. When I discover that someone that I'm close to really does not have my back the way I think they should - I rethink their friendship status!
  8. Planes, trains, and automobiles. Which is your preferred mode of transportation?  Why?   Planes -Traveling by air is definitely a faster form of transportation, especially for long distances.
  9. Who was your favorite musician when you were a teenager? I guess that would probably be Prince - back in the day.
  10. Which subject did you hate the most in school? History
And the nominees are.... (drumroll)
I think all of you are fabulous.  You write in a way that definitely encourages me to return to your blog - again and again!!!  

Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
Jazzwife @ Slimwavy
Bekah @ Resolve
Ashley @ This Southern Girl's Heart
Evelyn @ Become A Healthier You
Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life
Brittnei @ Get Fit, Healthy Life
Mary @ Woman To Woman
Jenne' @ Sweet Potato Soul
Vicki @ Your Writing Coach
Denise @The Lighthouse Of Prayer

Your Questions
  1. What is your favorite drink?
  2. What is your favorite food?
  3. If you could travel to any place in the world (all expenses paid), where would it be?
  4. If you knew you would be on a deserted island for a week, what two beauty products would you take along?
  5. If you could spend the day doing anything you wanted to do, what would it be?
  6. What is your dream car?
  7. Do you prefer to go to the movies, or do you prefer to wait until the movie is on DVD?
  8. Do you like your water icy cold or at room temperature?
  9. When it's cold, do you prefer an extra blanket or thick pajamas?
  10. Hot or cold cereal?
  11. Computer (online) or TV?

Linking up with Michell at Doing You WELL Wednesday!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Happy Sunday!

This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:23

Linking up with The Sunday Community and a Scripture and a Snapshot!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Doing You WELL Wednesday

Product Review
Lilla Rose Flexi-Clip

Hello Victorious Friends!

I have been soooo busy lately, and I have not been a part of the DYWW Hop.  I just needed a bit of time to catch my breath.  "Whew!"  I really missed you all!

Anyway, today I will review the flexi-clip by Lilla Rose.  I was asked to review this clip, but my review is solely based on my own experience.  First of all, when asked to review this clip, I was a bit skeptical.  Not because I thought that it was some kind of scam or something, but I rarely use metal accessories in my hair.  I try to stick with plastic clips/barrettes and headbands made of satin/silk or polyester fabric.  I was also skeptical because I was unsure as to whether the clip could hold thick, natural coily/curly afro-textured hair. 

So, I checked out their website and watched a few YT videos (Of the many YT flexi-clip videos, I eventually found a You Tuber whose hair was very similar to mine.  To view it, click HERE .)  After watching the videos, I decided to order the large flexi-clip.  When it arrived, (the Hawaiian Flower was the design) I was very impressed with the packaging.  It was carefully packaged to ensure no damage during shipping. After examining the clasp, I was doubtful as to whether it could hold my hair.  I decided to test it.  I was surprised.  To test its comfortability,  I wore it around my house for a couple of hours.  I felt no pulling or tugging.  When I removed it, the clasp did not become entangled in my hair. So far so good!  I wore it to church and to work.  Both times, I styled my hair in a half up/ half down hairdo.  Although the clip, itself, is heavy, it did not feel heavy on my head.  This clip is definitely a keeper.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone needing a change from their usual hair accessories.  The clip comes in many different styles, and it can be worn casually or dressy.  An added bonus for me is that it matched my jewelry!

Watching the sizing and styling videos will help new customers determine the correct size flexi-clip. To watch the video, click HERE.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Meatless Monday #26

Garlic Spaghetti w/Kale
1 cup of chopped kale
1 box of whole wheat spaghetti
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic Powder
Garlic Sea Salt
Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Minced Garlic (not shown)
 Boil the pasta with a teaspoon of the garlic sea salt.  While the pasta is cooking, warm about a fourth of a cup of the EVOO on low to medium heat.  Add in the minced garlic and allow it to slowly cook.  Also, add in the kale.  BE CAREFUL not to scorch the garlic.  Add in a teaspoon full of garlic powder along with a half cup of the pasta water - this makes the sauce.  Drain the pasta, but don't rinse it.  Mix the sauce and spaghetti.  Season to taste.  Enjoy !
 Some for dinner, and...
To make this a complete meal, I paired it with a delicious salad.

Some for lunch the next day.